We all try to avoid bad days as much as possible, but sometimes they just can’t be avoided. Maybe you got some bad news, got into a fight with a friend, or had a bad day at work. Even if you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed and are feeling like Debbie Downer, there are small things you can do to improve your mood. Here are our 10 ideas to cheer yourself up when you’re having a bad day.
1. Practice Gratitude
I know this is probably the last thing you want to hear when you are having a bad day. You are probably thinking that there is nothing to be grateful for on a bad day. However, even on a lousy day there is something to be grateful for. When you focus on the positive in your life you will gain a new perspective on your situation. Then you’ll see that although you’re having an unpleasant day, not everything in life is negative.
2. Do Something That You Enjoy
Sometimes the best remedy for a bad mood is to do something positive that you enjoy. Pick something that will help take your mind off things and refocus your energy like taking a bubble bath, watching your favorite movie, going to dinner with friends, etc.
3. Be in the Moment
Try to focus on the present moment by bringing your attention to your breath. Focus just on breathing in and breathing out. When you do this, you clear away the negative thinking in your mind and bring your focus solely to the moment. This is essentially practicing the art of meditation and mindfulness which have been scientifically proven to reduce stress. Those who make it a point to practice meditation and mindfulness report that they feel mentally sharp, more creative, and more capable to take on the stress of the day while being able to remain calm.
4. Bring a Sense of Acceptance to the Situation
When you make a mistake or somebody does something to upset you, the mind often replays that situation over and over again making you fixate on it. These thoughts get you riled up and lead to negative emotions. If this sounds like you, try to bring acceptance to the situation. Acknowledge that things happened the way they did, and try to stop replaying different scenarios or outcomes in your mind. Avoid the shoulda, coulda, woulda thoughts. You’ll find that once you bring acceptance to any situation it is much easier to move past it. By the way, this is not the same thing as condoning the situation or saying it was positive. You simply accept that it happened the way it did, and that you can’t go back in time and change it. Focus on the present and what you can do now, since the past is gone.
5. Do Something Nice For Somebody Else
This is a great way to put yourself in a good mood and at the same time earn some good karma! It can be as simple as giving some strangers compliments to brighten their day, or you could do a kind and thoughtful gesture for somebody that will make them feel special.
6. Read Positive Quotes and Affirmations
There are tons of uplifting quotes online that you can read when you need a pick me up. Try logging onto Pinterest and searching for positive affirmations. After reading some of those you can’t help but feel stronger and inspired.
Working out is a great way to release negative energy from the day and have some time for yourself. Go for a run or walk to clear your mind. If you can, try to do your workout in the outdoors. Many people say being in nature makes them feel more relaxed.
8. Hang Out With Your Pet
Our pets are always happy to see us and are wonderful sources of unconditional love. Animals tend to have a relaxing and peaceful effect on us humans. Plus they are just fun to be around!
9. Talk to a Confidant
Many people find venting and talking through their feelings with somebody else makes them feel better about a situation. Get support and encouragement from somebody you trust that is good at lifting you up when you are feeling bad. Allow this person to give you another perspective and help you see your situation in a new light.
10. Give Yourself Permission to have a Pity Party
Lastly, If you are still feeling a lot of emotion go ahead and allow yourself to feel it. Find sometime to be alone and go ahead and be upset for a little bit, cry, shout, and do what you gotta do. After, you’ll find the emotion will pass and you will start to feel better. Plus bottling up your emotions is not healthy.
Hopefully these suggestions will help turn your bad day around. However, just in case those tips didn’t work, I included some pictures of cute cats in this article just for you! Those are absolutely positively guaranteed to improve your mood. Do you have positive tips and advice that I missed? Feel free to let us know your thoughts.